May 10, 2005

Sandia’s Julia Phillips elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Julia Phillips, director of the Physical, Chemical, and Nano Science Center at Sandia National Laboratories, has been elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She is among 196 new fellows and 17 new foreign honorary members. The 213 men and women are leaders in scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs.

Fellows and foreign honorary members are nominated and elected to the Academy by current members. A broad-based membership, comprised of scholars and practitioners from mathematics, physics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, public affairs, and business, gives the Academy a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.

The Academy will welcome this year’s new fellows and foreign honorary members at its annual induction ceremony on Oct. 8 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

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Phillips, who is also the director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences nanoscience research center at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, said she is honored to be elected into the Academy.

“The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is in its 225th year and has counted the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill among its members,” Phillips said. “It is both a tremendous honor and very humbling to be included in that number.”

Phillips began her career at Sandia in 1995 after 14 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. She has a Ph.D. in applied physics from Yale University and a B.S. in physics from the College of William and Mary. Her research has been in the areas of epitaxial metallic and insulating films on semiconductors, high temperature superconducting, ferroelectric and magnetic oxide thin films, and novel transparent conducting materials.

She was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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